With around 60 defaulting agencies owing it Rs 185.26 crore, the Prasar Bharati has gone on a dues recovery spree. It has issued legal notices to nearly 15 companies. Among the production houses to which legal notices have been issued are Sanjay Khan’s Numero Uno, Asia-Pacific Communication Association, Dheeraj Kumar’s Creative Eye, Fame Communications of Mumbai and Ramanand Sagar’s Sagar Enterprises.
According to the industry sources the public broadcaster’s biggest defaulter NFDC, which owes it over Rs 20 crore, has been asked to pay the amount though no legal action has been taken against it.
Among the production houses to which legal notices have been issued are Sanjay Khan’s Numero Uno which owed DD around Rs 16 crore, of which Rs 50 lakh have been recovered.
This company is also among the 19 companies whose accreditation status has been suspended by the Prasar Bharati because of the failure to clear dues. The others include Asia-Pacific Communication Association, Dheeraj Kumar’s Creative Eye, Fame Communications of Mumbai and Ramanand Sagar’s Sagar Enterprises.
Prasar Bharati had initiated legal proceedings against Plus Channel and Multi Channel as well. Prasar Bharati has also filed a criminal complaint against Western Corporation Bank, Mumbai, as a bank guarantee given by Srimadhav Poly Production bounced when it was sent for encashment.
As many as 28 agencies have been debarred from doing business with Prasar Bharati which includes Alia Productions, Concept Communications, Advanced TV Network, Kinescope India and Market Movers.
No fresh programme or extension of programmes is given to any defaulting agency or producer unless they agree to come on advance payment for all the running programmes and commit to clear outstanding dues in three or four instalments.